Originally Posted by HiDHo
Ski in NC, ever work on a reciprocating steam engine ? All the old Navy destroyers had one in each engine room for pumping bilges. We could even rig them up to run off compressed air when the boilers where idle.
Then there's the movie " Sand Pebbles " that was a Skinner Uni-Flow reciprocating engine, never worked on or operated one of those but had to know them from the manuals for promotion exams.
Correction, I just googled up info on the steam engine and found out it was made by Vickers and the engine room scenes where shot in California. The USS San Pablo actual was powered by a Diesel engine for the movie.
No, never worked with recips. Steam turbines, yes, but those just sit there and "whirr". Kind of boring to a gearhead. SSN/SSBN and commercial nuke.
Some of last iterations of the recip were interesting. Corliss valves for one. I need to look up the Skinner. And watch "Sand Pebbles" again.